Thursday, May 31, 2007

Mid-Atlantic Futures Conference

Here are the on-line handouts from the Mid-Atlantic Futures Conference, take a look!


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Line Up for Fall Conference!

Kim Snyder just forward the program list to me!

Make your plans now!
Sunday, October 14:

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
You've Got Rhythm
Laureen Maloney, Head of Children's Services, Lackawanna County Library
Dance a little! Sing a little! Read a little! This interactive workshop will give you the encouragement you need to discover and explore the music in yourself. With the help of Greg & STeve, Mozart, Marvin Gaye and even the Wiggles, you will be inspired to add music and movement to your existing programs. With the right materials and music, you will be able to create new and exciting music and movement programs for children and families.

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Collaboration in the Community! Early Childhood Literacy in Your Hometown
Rita Crawford, Head of Children's Services, Sewickley Public Library
How can the library partner with various agencies to promote early literacy? This session will focus on three successful collaborations: Preschool Storytime Plus - a parenting program and PaLA Best Practices Winner in 2006; Early Childhood Educators Workshops - classes to provide resources to educators; and Saturday Enrichment Days - community programs for families.

Monday, October 15

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Youth Services Division Business Meeting - ALL MEMBERS OF YSD-- ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! :)

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Reader's Advisory 2.0: New Ways to Connect Teens with Books
Karen Brooks-Reese, Teen Services Coordinator, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Reader's Advisory for teens is tricky business, especially in our virtual world. This session will explore ways to use social networking applications such as blogs and MySpace to connect teens with books they'll love.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Music, Movement & Fitness in Early Childhood Programming
Denise Pulgino Stout, Head of Youth Services, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
Using things like movement and music during programs isn't just because young kids are wiggly. There are early literacy principles behind these fun activities. Come to this session to learn more.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Kim Dunderdale, Children's Librarian, Sewickley Public Library
Jim Clark, Adult Services Librarian, Sewickley Public Library
Increase your community's global awareness by promoting a positive image of a county through books, multimedia and programs. The Destination Program brings all library departments together to focus on a common theme. Through partnerships with local, national and international organizations your library can target children, teen and adult audiences.

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Passport to the World: Bring a "World" of Cultural Experience to the Children at Your Library
Constance P. Wong, Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Participants will learn to create, promote and effectively deliver a series of world culture programs using publicity samples, tips and actual program outlines, with time for discussion provided. Information is based on a successful series for school-age children and their families at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Learning Spanish @ Your Library
Lynn Hahn, Youth Services Librarian and Program Specialist, Bethel Park Public Library
Noreen Poploski, Program Specialist, Bethel Park Public Library
Creative, interactive, hands-on experiences introducing children to another language! Activities have been tested in the public library sector for the past three years with children ages four and up.

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
YSD No-conflict time.... Visit the Exhibits!

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Children's Author - TBD

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Partnering with School Libraries: What You Need to Know -- NOW!
Lynn M. Moses, School Library Development Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Why should public and academic libraries partner with school libraries? What are the elements of a good partnership? What are the barriers to partnering? How do you overcome those barriers? Come and learn simple techniques that will turn your partnershp into a vital, thriving relationship instead of a total disaster!

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Carolyn W. Field Award Luncheon
Carolyn Wicker Field has been an icon for youth services in the commonwealth for decades. Be sure to join us for the presentation of the Carolyn W. Field Award, which honors the best children's book by a Pennsylvania author or illustrator published during 2006. In addition, the Drexel University/Free Library of Philadelphia Citation for Children's Literature will also be presented. Come and honor those who have made outstanding children's literature a reality in Pennsylvania! Advance registration required.

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Make Ready to Read Part of Your Summer Reading Program
Debra Conn, Head of Youth Services, Upper Saint Clair Library
Here's how to use your summer reading program to help babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners acquire early literacy skills with fun and educational parent-directed activities. At the same time, help parents learn about these skills as they help their children acquire them.

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Integrating Art into Library Programming for Children, Toddlers to Teens
Patte Kelley, Department Head, Main Library Children's Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Debbie Priore, Librarian, Children's Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Research proves the importance of introducing children to art. See four book-centered art programs you can replicate in your library: Handmade Books, Draw Me a Story, Nature Detectives (2 versions), and Artul Stories. Create art projects to take with you and share your ideas with other participants in a brainstorming discussion.

Missed Week

Greetings All,
I am sure you all deep in Summer Reading Readiness by now! Hope all is going well!
Sorry for not posting last week. My mom ended up in the hospital. Not doing so well, so if you feel led, please keep her in your prayers or good thoughts. :)
Many thanks to Dolores Colarosa for taking the lead in hooking up with Lynn at James V. Brown Library for the last of our Spring Workshops! I heard it went extremely well and 22 folks attended.
I will post a full report on all of our workshops as soon as things settle.
If you were not able to attend the workshop, you can now download all of the workshop info and handouts RIGHT HERE!
More soon!

ing :)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Montgomery-Co./Norristown Workshop

Check out the pictures from our latest workshop at Montgomery Co.- Norristown Library last Friday. The middle picture is a great idea-- Denise Pulgino-Stout, Head of Children's Services. She puts all of her usual songs on a permanent project board so that the parents know what songs will be sung and can sing along. It also goes along with her on outreach visits. The bottom picture is the book drop in the children's department. Very cool!

Denise has also agreed to run for vice chair of YSD! Your ballots will be coming soon! Also, Susan McCellan, Director of Avalon Public Library will run for Sec/Treasurer. It is not too late to get your name on the ballot! Please email me if you want to participate in this way.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Check out the photos

Here you see the Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library! The first picture is a photo of a very unique way to display and organize booklists. It was made by Children's Librarian, Nancy Shanafelt. It is attached to the end of a row of books. At Bethel Park we are already trying to duplicate it! Amazing, Nancy! Thank you Ginger McGiffin and your whole wonderful staff!

So sorry!

Summer Reading is almost here!
How are things going?
So sorry I did not post on Monday.
I was at the Futures Conference in Atlantic City.
I saw a few of you there! What did you think? I will be putting links to the podcasts from the conference on here soon!
Last Friday was the Spring Workshop in Rimersburg. What an amazing library! What amazing people! Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library rules!
More later, off to school visits!
ing :)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Please consider attending! --

ALSC/ASCLA's One-day preconference in Washington DC

Even if you cannot register for and attend the entire ALA conference inWashington, D.C., don’t miss this one-day preconference.

Did you know?"A fifth of Americans have disabilities; everyone knows people with disabilities; and anyone can acquire a disability at any time. Everyone has a stake in these findings."

"Even if you currently are not serving patrons with disabilities, chances are you will at some point in the future. It is essential that all libraries plan for and provide excellent library service to ALL patrons including patrons with disabilities. ALSC/ASCLA's one-day preconference will introduce you first hand to this client group, so often underserved, as well as to the materials andservices that will best serve them."
Alan A. Reich, National Organization on Disability founder andpast-president, commenting on the 2004 National Organization onDisability/Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities.

Here are more details about the Preconference:
ALSC/ASCLA preconference to focus on library service to individualswith disabilitiesThe Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), invite all librarians from Washington D.C. and surrounding areas to register for the preconference“The Underserved 20 Percent: Children, Teens, and Adults with Disabilities” on Friday, June 22, 2007, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Harriet McBryde Johnson, a leading disabilities rights activist ,lawyer, and author of Too Late to Die Young and Accidents of Nature, isthe keynote speaker. Morning panel discussions will focus on patrons with disabilities addressing services and materials they would like from libraries as well as successful programs and projects that have made a difference to library patrons with disabilities. Afternoon breakout sessions willaddress assistive and adaptive technology; learning disabilities in the library; people of color with disabilities in the library; patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorders; programming and outreach to people with disabilities; and portrayal of people with disabilities in literature. A disabilities resource fair also will be held. Closing remarks will be delivered by Dr. Katherine Schneider, a retired clinical psychologist who has taught, counseled, supervised and trained psychologists at four universities. She established the Schneider Family Book Award four years ago to recognize books for children and youth that deal well with disability issues. A reception immediately follows thepreconference. All local area librarians from the District of Columbia and other neighboring states are invited to register for the ALSC preconference,and do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to take part.

Separate registration and fee are required for the preconference: $235, ALSC or ASCLA member; $275, ALA member or nonmember; or $141, student/retired member.

Advanced registration ends May 18, 2007.

For registration information, visit, click on“Events & Conferences,” or contact the ALSC office at1-800-545-2433, ext. 2163.

This sounds like a great continuing education opportunity. Is anyone interested in going?

Thank you for the responses regarding Imagination Library! I will be posting them here. It was great to learn more about this program and I will share the info today!

ing :)